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Fair Fight?

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is currently and still undefeated as a professional boxer. He is a five-division world champion, winning 11 world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes. For those of you that don’t know he fights two times a year, one in the first weekend of May and the second time in September.

Mayweather has fought against many people including; Genaro Hernandez, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Carlos Baldomir, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana, and lastly Manny Pacquiao.Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 11.28.09 PM

Negotiations for this fight spread over a number of five years soon making it the most intense match of this year when it was announced that Pacquiao would face Mayweather five years after they reached their peaks in 2009.   The fight happened on May 2nd inside of MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Mayweather is also seeing a big profit from this fight, getting 60 percent of the approximately $300 million purse, depending on pay-per-view sales. Seats went for $40,000 and up, which made sure many high rollers, and celebrities would be in attendance. Tickets sold out in minutes. On the day of the event it was delayed about a half hour because cable and satellite systems were having trouble keeping up with the pay-per-view demand. We even saw that less smack talking and outspokenness wasn’t too present coming up to the match. Whether it be from nerves or just focusing on the competition he was still able to pull out a win in the end.Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 11.27.54 PM

Mayweather dictated the pace early utilizing his jab during the fight. His defense made Pacquiao consistently miss as Pacquiao only landed 19% of his punches. He also countered Pacquiao with his right hand constantly throughout the fight. The fighters at times were cautious on both sides, each showing their weakness weather it be a right shoulder injury or old age.

Pacquiao was the aggressor in round two, giving hope to many that he could potentially break the Mayweather winning streak. Pacquiao finally began to land in round four, pushing Mayweather against the ropes and letting rip with a sequence of blows to the body. Mayweather fought back in five and six, reasserting his dominance although Pacquiao twice caught him with his dangerous left hand. We would see the confident Mayweather in round 10 instigating Pacquiao. Mayweather won the fight via unanimous decision with scores of 118–110, 116–112 and 116–112 in his favor.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 11.28.25 PMESPN.com said that “Ringside punch stats showed Mayweather landing 148 punches of 435, while Pacquiao landed 81 of 429. The volume for Pacquiao was a lot lower than the 700 or more he usually throws.”

After the fight, it was disclosed that Pacquiao injured his right shoulder in training. Also Nevada boxing commissioners denied his request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight. Making many fans wonder if the fight was a fair representation of the two boxers. What do you think?

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